Salman Rushdie stabbed, Live Updates : author on ventilator after surgery, may lose an eye

Salman Rushdie stabbed, Live Updates : author on ventilator after surgery, may lose an eye

Salman Rushdie Latest NEWS LIVE Updates : Salman Rushdie was on a ventilator with a damaged liver and may lose one of his eyes after the Mumbai-born controversial author was stabbed in the neck and abdomen by a man on stage at a literary event in upstate New York.

Rushdie, who faced Islamist death threats for years after writing "The Satanic Verses", was stabbed by a 24-year-old New Jersey resident identified as Hadi Matar on stage on Friday while he was being introduced at the event of the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York.

A bloodied Rushdie was airlifted from a field adjacent to the venue to a hospital in northwestern Pennsylvania where the 75-year-old writer underwent surgery.

Rushdie, who won the Booker Prize for his novel "Midnight's Children", was unable to speak.

Associated Press reporter describes Salman Rushdie stabbing

The suspect was from Fairview, New Jersey, State Police Troop Commander Major Eugene J Staniszewski said in a Friday evening news conference.

Police are working with the FBI and local authorities to determine the motive.

Salman Rushdie stabbed, Live Updates : 

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 09:20:54 GMT IST

When Salman Rushdie complained of too much security around him

Salman Rushdie has previously complained about having too much security around him, according to a media report on Saturday. While attending the Prague Writers' Festival, he told reporters, “To be here and to find a large security operation around me has actually felt a little embarrassing... I thought it was really unnecessary and kind of excessive and was certainly not arranged at my request." “I spent a great deal of time before I came here saying that I really didn’t want that. So I was very surprised to arrive here and discover a really quite substantial operation, because it felt like being in a time warp, that I had gone back in time several years,” he was quoted as saying.

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 09:18:26 GMT IST

Salman Rushdie stabbing suspect sympathetic to Iran military: report

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 09:15:25 GMT IST

Praise, worry in Iran after Salman Rushdie attack

Iranians reacted with praise and worry on Saturday over the attack on novelist Salman Rushdie, the target of a decades-old fatwa by the late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini calling for his death.

It remains unclear why Rushdie's attacker, identified by police as Hadi Matar of Fairview, New Jersey, stabbed the author as he prepared to speak at an event Friday in western New York.

Iran's theocratic government and its state-run media have assigned no motive to the assault.

But in Tehran, some willing to speak to The Associated Press offered praise for an attack targeting a writer they believe tarnished the Islamic faith with his 1988 book “The Satanic Verses”.

In the streets of Iran's capital, images of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini still peer down at passers-by.

“I don't know Salman Rushdie, but I am happy to hear that he was attacked since he insulted Islam," said Reza Amiri, a 27-year-old deliveryman. “This is the fate for anybody who insults sanctities.” Others, however, worried aloud that Iran could become even more cut off from the world as tensions remain high over its tattered nuclear deal.

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 06:23:10 GMT IST

Attack on Rushdie is 'appalling': NSA Jake Sullivan

The attempt on the life of renowned writer Salman Rushdie is "appalling" and "reprehensible", US National Security Advisor James Sullivan has said.

"Today, the country and the world witnessed a reprehensible attack against the writer Salman Rushdie. This act of violence is appalling," Sullivan, National Security Advisor to the US President, said hours after the writer was attacked on stage moments before he was to deliver a speech in New York.

"All of us in the Biden-Harris Administration are praying for his speedy recovery. We are thankful to good citizens and first responders for helping Mr. Rushdie so quickly after the attack and to law enforcement for its swift and effective work, which is ongoing," Sullivan said in a statement.

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 05:36:12 GMT IST

Suspect in Rushdie's stabbing showed sympathy to Iran military: report

The 24-year-old man detained in connection with the stabbing of Mumbai-born controversial author Salman Rushdie was sympathetic to "Shia extremism" and the causes of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to a media report.

 

A preliminary review of Matar’s social media accounts by law enforcement showed him to be sympathetic to Shia extremism and the causes of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a law enforcement person with direct knowledge of the investigation told NBC News.

 

Though there are no direct links between Matar and the IRGC, law enforcement officers reportedly found images of slain commander Qassem Solemani and an Iraqi extremist sympathetic to the Iranian regime in a cell phone messaging app belonging to Matar, according to NBC News.

 

Soleimani was a senior Iranian military officer who served in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. From 1998 until his assassination in 2020.

 

Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses has been banned in Iran since 1988, as many Muslims consider it offensive to Islam.

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 05:29:44 GMT IST

Salman Rushdie stabbed: all we know about lone suspect Hadi Matar

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 05:28:33 GMT IST

Author Salman Rushdie undergoes surgery, may lose an eye

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